This survey unit provides an historical overview and introduction to key people and events in the history of the Church. It explores issues of significance faced by Christianity throughout the life of the church. Students will explore how the church and individuals have responded in the past and how this has made an impact on the life of the church and Christian expression today.

Unit code: CH8291B

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of key themes and events in the history of the church.


Assess the significance of particular key figures of Christian tradition.


Articulate specific ways in which thinking about God and questions of faith have changed throughout Christian history.


Critically articulate the ways Christian tradition can inform faith in the present.


Distinguish between and critically utilize primary and secondary sources.


12 weeks of teaching weekly

Indicative Bibliography

Elizabeth Gillian Muir, A Women’s History of the Christian Church: Two Thousand Years of Female Leadership. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019. (Set text)

  • Bradley, James E., and Richard Muller. Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works and Methods. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
  • Brown, Peter. The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity AD 200-1000 (2nd. Edition). Cambridge: Blackwell, 2013
  • Bettenson, Henry, and Chris Maunder (eds.). Documents of the Christian Church. Fourth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • The Cambridge History of Christianity. 9 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006-2008.
  • Breward, Ian. A History of the Churches in Australasia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • The Cambridge History of Christianity. 9 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006-2008.
  • Gonzales, Justo L. The Story of Christianity. Vol. I. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2010.
  • ______. The Story of Christianity. Vol. II. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2010.
  • Koschorke, Klaus, et al (eds.). A History of Christianity in Asia, Africa and Latin America, 1450-1990: A Documentary Sourcebook. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007
  • Littell, Franklin H. Historical Atlas of Christianity. New York: Continuum, 2001.
  • MacCulloch, Diarmaid. Christian History: An Introduction to the Western Tradition. Peterborough: Epworth, 2006.
  • ______. A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. London: Penguin Books, 2009.
  • McManners, John (ed.). The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.
  • McGrath, Alister. Christian History: An Introduction. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
  • Noll, Mark A. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997.
  • Tosh, John. The Pursuit of History: Aims Methods and New Directions in the Study of History. Sixth Edition. Abingdon: Routledge, 2015.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

1,500 word Tutorial Paper

1500 25.0

1,500 word primary source analysis

1500 25.0

3,000 word Major Essay

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 19 Aug, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-08-19 14:28:56 +1000